Presented by The Paley Center for Media and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Next Big Thing in Open Government

Nov 6, 2014
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
New York

On November 6, The Paley Center for Media, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, presented The Next Big Thing in Open Government.

The event brought together senior media and business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, public officials, journalists, and influential advocates of open government for a half-day program featuring thought-provoking moderated conversations on the meaning and importance of open government and the technologies that are driving what may be an untold story of success in Washington and in cities and communities across the country. Two executive sessions were followed by dynamic pitch sessions and a Q&A with technologists and leaders of initiatives that use media and technology to promote economic growth, spur innovation and change, and engage citizens in our democracy.

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8:30 AM
Coffee & Breakfast - Registration

9:00 AM
Open Government: The State of the Union
Moderated by John Bracken, Vice President, Media Innovation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this panel will include:
Kathy Conrad, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
Andrew Hoppin, CEO, NuCivic and former CIO of the New York State Senate
Waldo Jaquith, Director, US Open Data Institute
Seamus Kraft, Executive Director, Cofounder and Vice Chairman, The OpenGov Foundation

10:00 AM
Core Plumbing
Brief presentations by innovators including Hillary Hartley, Deputy Executive Director and Creative Director, 18F, U.S. General Services Administration, the startup within GSAworking to partner with agencies across the federal government to deliver services using methodologies pioneered by private-sector technology startups.
Jason Bobe, Executive Director,

10:20 AM
Refreshment Break

10:40 AM
A Conversation with Jennifer Pahlka: Are Citizens at the Center?
Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America and former U.S. Deputy CTO in conversation with Christopher Gates, President, Sunlight Foundation

11:30 AM
Citizen Engagement
Brief presentations by innovators including:
Matt Hampel, Founder, LocalData, a digital toolkit that allows organizers and canvassers to collect and manager place-based data
Seth Flaxman, Cofounder, Democracy Works/TurboVote, working with colleges, universities and civic organizations to engage students and members in elections

11:50 AM
Presenter: John Kaehny, Executive Director, Reinvent Albany and Co-Chair, NYC Transparency Working Group

12:00 PM
Luncheon Roundtable Discussions

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